DI­A­MONDS IN THE ROUGH

ARTIST LEILA CARTIER’S FASH­ION MAG­A­ZINE COL­LAGES ARE THE DEF­I­NI­TION OF A BEAU­TI­FUL MESS.

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - BY SARAH JOR­DAN

Artist Leila Cartier’s fash­ion mag­a­zine col­lages are the def­i­ni­tion of a beau­ti­ful mess.

Leila Cartier, orig­i­nally from coal­coun­try Vir­ginia and de­scen­dant of 15th-cen­tury ex­plorer Jac­ques Cartier, is known for her ex­plo­rations of na­ture and beauty through or­nate paint­ings and col­lages. A grad­u­ate of elite art schools Moore Col­lege of Art and De­sign and the Art In­sti­tute of Chicago, her work is tinged with beau­ti­ful de­cay and con­trolled abun­dance: Spot the skull , lurk­ing pray­ing man­tis, or slith­er­ing snake blended into her rich cre­ations. Cartier’s new se­ries of large col­lages in the shape of trees, on view March 18 to April 15 at Sch­midt-dean Gallery (1719 Chest­nut St.; schmidt­dean.com), are fash­ioned from images of jew­elry hand­cut from mag­a­zines. Here, she talks about her crafty cre­ative process. Work es­sen­tials: “English blue­han­dled Win­sor & New­ton wa­ter­color brushes.” Art he­roes: “Gus­tav Klimt, Pip­i­lotti Rist, Sally Mann, Mar­i­lyn Min­ter, Andy Warhol.” In­spi­ra­tion points: “Fash­ion mag­a­zines. I have stacks of torn out pages. I find it med­i­ta­tive to cut out the images. It’s bor­der­line ob­ses­sive.” In the zone: “I’ll bring food and drinks so I don’t have to leave my stu­dio. I’ve worked 10 hours straight, but you have to know when to stop so you don’t ruin things.” Words to live by: “Dur­ing my un­der­grad year in Rome, my in­struc­tor, artist Stan­ley Whit­ney, said, ‘There’s al­ready enough art in the world, so if you’re go­ing to make art, you need to be se­ri­ous about it.’” leilacartier.com

“I FIND IT MED­I­TA­TIVE TO CUT OUT THE IMAGES. IT’S BOR­DER­LINE OB­SES­SIVE.” — leila cartier

Left: Leila Cartier’s

col­lage. Green

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